Smith and Devnich will co-ordinate Chilliwack Terry Fox Run
After a brief and anxious period without a run organizer, the Chilliwack Terry Fox run will have a few familiar faces behind it as participants hit the streets in the fall.
Debra Smith and Desmond Devnich will co-co-ordinate this year’s run in Chilliwack, which will take place on Sept. 14.
Provincial director Donna White says they couldn’t be happier with their choices.
“The nice thing about the Chilliwack event is that it’s an existing event that has a strong hold in the community,” she says. “This is an opportunity to ensure that it continues, and grow the event as well.”
Chilliwack residents may recognize Devnich from his other community involvement, including work with Chilliwack’s Downtown Business Association, UFV’s Student Life, Rotaract, and in his current role as constituency assistant to Chilliwack MLA John Martin.
“He’s very connected in the community,” White says. “He knows the community, he’s been involved with events in the community, so that’s really great too—when you have those kinds of connections. “
Smith, on the other hand, is a new face in Chilliwack. She hails from Abbotsford and was one of the volunteers who hoped to help plan the Abbotsford run. When the timing didn’t work out for her in her own community, she knew her skills could be put to use elsewhere.
“When she saw the posting come up for Chilliwack, she thought, ‘This is it. This is why I didn’t have the time for Abbotsford—I’m really meant to do this.’” White explains. “I think she’s going to be a really great part of the make-up of the run this year.”
And while White says most of the pieces have now fallen into place, she says they’ll always welcome more volunteers.
“We’ve got a great committee in place but we will never turn anybody away. If there are people out there who would like to become involved with the planning committee, or perhaps are just interested in coming out on run day, we’re always welcoming people to come on board.”
• There will be a volunteer meeting this coming Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at John Martin’s office at 45953 Airport Rd. in Chilliwack for anyone looking to pitch in or meet Chilliwack’s new run co-ordinators.